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With all of the ‘Go! Go! Go!’ of city life, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and take a well-deserved nap. Sure, sleeping in bed is the classic place to catch a snooze, but if you’re feeling adventurous, San Francisco has some great outdoor napping areas perfect for a quick rest. Below are the top five places to take a nap in the city.
This place is beautiful amid the chaos of the Financial District. It’s such a stark contrast: you have tall buildings with hurrying people on cell phones and then you walk into this park area and all you can see and hear is the roaring sounds of a waterfall. Other than pure silence, there is no better sound to fall asleep to. It is beautiful and somehow poetic. The air just seems so much more clean and fresh there. Grab a Beard Papapastry puff from across the street and nibble it as you wander through the hedge maze, or have a lazy Sunday morning drinking Blue Bottle and soaking up sun on the grass. It is a perfect pit-stop to catch some rest before continuing your tour of the city and surroundings.
If you’re looking all over the city for a quiet area to take a nap, head to the UCSF Library. In addition to having several floors with a mixture of cubicles, study rooms only available to UCSF students, large study tables and couches, the view is unbeatable. With the library situated on top of Parnassus, your naps don’t appear as dreary with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a sweet resting spot. Go on weekends because parking can be a pain on the weekdays when it’s limited to two hours or meter parking. Come at around 4pm if you really want to stay here, since the two hour limit ends at 6pm.
UCSF Public Library, 530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-476-2336